It is now common knowledge: Huawei and Honor are cut off from Google. As a result of the various treaties that America is having against China, one of the most important brands that produces Smartphones, Tablets and laptops will no longer be able to distribute its products with systems or programs provided by the Mountain View house.
This has created many problems for the Chinese house, for which it has decided nevertheless not to surrender. He has announced that he has started the immediate programming of an operating system called Ark , which will be based on completely integral specifications of the house.
This of course does not include – at least not completely – the Android operating system . We will talk about it shortly, as Google has issued an appropriate notice to all those who want to continue using Huawei products even after the warranty extension of the house (ie until the beginning of August).
The point is this: every Chinese home has had pretty serious security problems . Products such as OnePlus have had criticisms of not only Privacy factors for dubious programs installed internally, but also for security holes left open (such as the Engineer mode) due to the various changes made to Android. And this, yes, happened with Android already installed.
So what happens when an operating system is no longer controlled by Google ? Updates are the sole responsibility of the home, which has all the freedom to leave open security holes, often without the users’ knowledge.
Some may say that it’s a Google move to scare the user and not buy any Huawei products, but in some ways they seem more than legitimate doubts about the whole experience.
But the point is that at the moment the “Ark” is not just exclusive to Huawei. Rumor has it that other Chinese mobile phone manufacturers are experimenting with the operating system, making this program much more extensive and with – at least hopefully – the right sense of responsibility to take care of them in case of security problems.
This may mean that other Chinese brands , such as Xiaomi and Oppo , will make the leap from Android to Ark as soon as the opportunity arises. How drastic is this jump? Perhaps less aggressive than expected. It has already been announced that Ark will be compatible with Android Apps , but the whole appearance will not be native. It will in fact be an emulation speech , which means that several of the CPU / GPU cycles will end up lost in the emulation itself, making the program slower.
At least that does not make the use of simpler Apps impossible, the matter ends up increasingly straining towards technical programs and games. Without the speech “Google” in half , Ark is without a suitable store . Huawei has already announced that it will have a store of its own, but the Chinese market is a rather difficult minefield to cross for Apps. He is trying to offer free support to all developers who are interested in approaching the subject.
But let’s get back to security. The Ark operating system, which will be installed in the future on all Huawei products (and potentially a lot of Chinese brands), is it really so unsafe? The truth is that it’s too early to talk about it.
The Chinese programming market is very complex, but it is also true that it is full of failed programs and clones of many other systems, which in turn can inherit security holes. Nothing excludes however that on this speech Huawei will not want to lose face, especially now that it has such an important place on the market.
The only thing we can do is judge once the operating system is actually available in beta tests, maybe even on the newer Huawei products to which the conversion invitation will be extended. Until then the discussion is purely speculative.